Got my hardback copy of The Celestia Code. Very nice. Print on demand quality has gotten really good, and the design is top notch. The paper is a bit thin for my tastes. You can just barely make out the text on the other side of the pages. Certainly not a deal-breaker. Had me treating it a bit more carefully just from the perception of light more delicate paper though. So might be a good thing? Only big change to the content I noticed was a comment about Countess Coloratura, which I’m pretty sure was somepony else in the original. Probably Sapphire Shores. I didn’t really notice the straightening out of the flashbacks/flashforward stuff, since in my head the order of a story tends to get jumbled around normally. I can say that reading it was a nice smooth experience.
- Secrets of a Royal Guard by Anzel
Did not like this as much as the previous one. Not as much humor, more serious drama stuff, Silent Knight being a idiot. Which since the main theme of the story is him dealing with PTSD I guess makes sense, but I spent the middle 60% or so of the story just wanting to beat sense into him. So, not going to go to the third one even when it finishes. The worldbuilding bits are still interesting but I don’t feel like putting up with the rest anymore to find out more stuff about it. Will probably still read any other stories in the AU that deal with more comedy and fluffy slice of life stuff.
Especially any stories that involve Azurite. She’s hilarious.
Moral of the story? (in a comedic sense): If a friend of yours that can see the future, and you believe she can see the future, speaks to you in a prophetic trance that you will succeed but will not be satisfied with the result of your obsession, maybe you should, you know, re-evaluate what you are doing?